Anyone heard of this show on Fox called “Mob Doctor” ? Here’s the premise, according to the Fox website:
For most physicians, the Hippocratic oath is sacred. But for one Chicago doctor, who is indebted to the mafia, saving lives isn’t her only concern. THE MOB DOCTOR is a fast-paced medical drama focusing on a young female surgeon caught between two worlds as she juggles her promising medical career with her family’s debt to Chicago’s Southside mob.
DR. GRACE DEVLIN (Jordana Spiro) is a top resident at Chicago’s Roosevelt Medical Center. Smart and self-assured, she’s heralded as one of the country’s most promising young surgeons. But family ties keep her glued to her Southside roots. To pay off her brother’s life-threatening gambling debt, she makes a deal with the devil and agrees to work “off book” for the mafia men she once despised.
Sounds like it might be interesting, right? I like the premise, but I think it’s silly to give the audience payoff immediately. Why reveal that the character is in debt to the mob right away – unless the producers think the show has no long term life to it?
A much better show would probably be about a doctor, who is close to her family and trying to deal with her brother’s gambling debt. Who, sometimes, oddly has a patient die on the table when it seems like she should be able to save them. You could hide the true nature behind emotional family moments that could just make these brief bouts of incompetence appear to be moments of distraction – her brother is in jail again. Or is in debt again. Whatever. Lots of opportunities here. The deaths wouldn’t even have to be super major plot points at first. Just ways of getting the audience to connect to her plight – dealing with a family that seems to be purposefully weighing her down. You know, typical drama crap. It’s not like it’s difficult to make a compelling doctor show on its own, right?
Then, you can spring the surprise a few seasons into it. And show flashbacks about how she did it. How she got into debt with the mob. The interesting bits. That’d be a huge payoff. If the show got to be popular prior to this, simply by being compelling, the payoff would huge news in the industry. Especially if it was revealed that this was the plan from the beginning.
It’d be ground breaking. But as it is, with a cheap payoff immediately it seems so “blah” and when them mob thing eventually gets old, which it will, does the show change names? Former Mob Doctor? What? At least in my scenario, the mob thing could end 2 or 3 seasons after the reveal with some sort of way to arrest the mobsters. Her having to go to jail for her murders, etc. Which would also be a fantastic way to conclude a show on a high note.
I don’t know. It just seems like a good premise is wasted with a pay off that hits a little bit too soon. Then again, what do I know. I don’t watch this crap.